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Two cemetery workers stabbed in ‘unprovoked attack’

Two cemetery workers have suffered injuries after being stabbed in an ‘unprovoked attack’.

The incident took place in Brookwood Cemetery on Wednesday evening.

One man suffered serious injuries after being assaulted and was airlifted to hospital. A second man has also been taken to hospital with an injuries to his chin and elbow.

Surrey Police was called to Brookwood Cemetery in Cemetery Pales at 4.35pm following reports that a man in his 30s had been attacked by two men.


The suspects are believed to have left the scene in a black BMW X1, which was pursued by police but currently remains outstanding.

Both men are described as black, in their late 20s and of a short and stocky build. Both men had short beards and were wearing dark clothing.

Cllr David Bittleston, leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “I regret to confirm that a serious incident took place at Brookwood Cemetery late yesterday [Wednesday 19 July 2017] afternoon in which two members of staff were attacked and suffered stab wounds.

“One was stabbed in the chest and taken to hospital by air ambulance, and remains in a serious yet not life threatening condition, whilst the other was taken to hospital with stab wounds to the arms and was thankfully released yesterday evening.

“This was a frightening attack on two members of staff who were simply carrying out their jobs. We are all deeply saddened by this unprovoked and vicious attack.

“At this time our thoughts are with those affected, their families and colleagues who were present at the time.

“We will do whatever we can to support Surrey Police with its ongoing investigations.”

Officers are carrying out a number of urgent enquiries to establish the circumstances of the assault and identify the suspects and the vehicle involved. Anyone with any information is urged to call Surrey Police as a matter of priority on 101, quoting incident reference P17182022.

Brookwood Cemetery will remain closed until Monday 24 July 2017.

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